Daniel J. Lauzon

Daniel J. Lauzon

Daniel J. Lauzon

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 20 from Lebanon

Running against Karen A. Gerrish. View your ballot →

Is Maine too generous in providing social services to its residents? Which government benefits should be increased or decreased?

Candidate did not answer this question.

Do you support expanding or raising the sales tax to lower the state income tax? Why or why not?

Income taxes need to be considered the primary revenue source for Maine, creating new job opportunities must be the forefront mission for the next legislature. Raising the minimum wage will reduce the need for many Maine families to rely on assistance for survival.

Do you support marijuana legalization in Maine, as outlined in Question 1?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol and no one will deny that going back to prohibition would be a bad idea. The law enforcement focus on marijuana is tantamount to throwing youths in prison for obtaining a six pack of beer. The taxes generated by legal marijuana could be earmarked to help alcohol addictive citizens recover and help stem heroin addiction.

Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Education is the key to success of Maine,,, those who earn more than 200 thousand most likely owe their success to better education than most Maine kids get today. I seriously doubt that any wealthy Mainers will leave this great state over several hundred dollars a year.

Do you support universal background checks for firearm sales, as outlined in Question 3?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

Should Maine raise its minimum wage, as outlined in Question 4?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

With the very low minimum wage in Maine we are all paying for assistance programs that will be mitigated with these minimal raises. This is indeed corporate welfare

Do you support the initiative to use ranked-choice voting to elect state and federal officials in Maine, as outlined in Question 5?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This would all but eliminate negative campaigning when three or more candidates vie for a seat. This further empowers voters.

Should Maine prioritize law enforcement efforts to intercept drug traffickers over expanding access to substance abuse treatment, such those that incorporates medications like methadone and Suboxone?

Obviously treatment overshadows trafficking,,,

Should Maines constitutional officers -- the secretary of state, the attorney general, auditor and the treasurer -- continue to be elected by the Legislature or by statewide popular vote?

Popular voting usually empowers the voters, these new candidates should be able to access Maine Clan Elections,,, or,, there should be a program that allows all Maine voters to ask how the Legislative candidate will vote for the constitutional ballot.

Is the size of Maines Legislature appropriate? Should the pay for legislative service be increased?

I believe it is appropriate.

Would you support sanctioning another elected official if he or she made public comments or statements that were considered racist, offensive or prejudicial?

No, most racists are cowards and should never hold positions of power.

Would you support a so-called right to work law in Maine?

Candidate did not answer this question.

Would you support legislation or a ballot question to allow more casinos in Maine?

Yes,

What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?

The unwillingness to properly fund early education and teachers.

Census data show Maines population is aging and decreasing, with some economists suggesting that immigration is the best way to reverse those trends. What should the state do to address this demographic trend?

Educate. The kids who go to college are saddled with such high student loan obligations that most must flee the state to pay back their debt. Maine has an opportunity to re-purpose the empty mills and explore renewable natural resources for energy, innovative new value products and figuring out how to make Maine the new silicone valley. Maine could also be the food basket of New England, many young Mainers want to be the new generation of food producers.

What is the most pressing issue in Maine these questions have not addressed?

Fixed income seniors dealing with ever increasing property taxes due to the administrations lack luster views on revenue sharing both on the state and federal levels